The Ayres Visitor Centre

Nestled within rolling marram dunes at the northernmost end of the Island, the Ayres visitor centre houses a small but informative exhibition.

Providing loads of information about the extensive and varied fauna and flora found in the area as well as the habitiat itself, it features an excellent, beautifully-shot short film which really helps open your eyes to the wealth of wildlife you can expect to see in the area, whilst knowledgeable and friendly staff will answer any questions you have.

The Ayres is a truly beautiful area and repays time spent there. Offshore, you may see diving gannets or the occasional seal. Be sure, though, to keep an eye out for our native lizards - they can often be found basking in the sun on the top of the short wooden posts which surround the carpark.

Whilst you're in the area you can do much worse than visit the lovely village of Bride, and stop off for a cup of tea and slice of excellent cake at Bride Tearooms.

Photo by Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, CC BY-SA 4.0,


There is plentiful car parking, and an amount of boardwalk, but the area is, by its nature, not very wheelchair-friendly. There may be a portaloo-style public toilet, but we couldn't guarantee it.

Contact Details

Ayres Visitor Centre and Nature Trail
The Ayres
Isle of Man

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Opening Hours
Day of the Week Opening Hours
Monday 1pm to 4pm
Tuesday 1pm to 4pm
Wednesday 1pm to 4pm
Thursday 1pm to 4pm
Friday 1pm to 4pm
Saturday 1pm to 4pm
Sunday 1pm to 4pm

The above are summer hours, from 29 April 2023 to 17 September 2023


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Published: 24 May 2023

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